ANACORTES, Wash. - The frantic screams for help on cellphone video were blood-curdling.
Rescuers and first responders had to smash a window open and pull five men trapped inside a capsized yacht. Wade Benda was among the group trapped in the tiny air pocket with water rushing in.
“I just want to thank the lord that we all got out safe,” Benda said, 24 hours after what happened Sunday night. “It seemed like forever, but it was probably 60 seconds to a minute.”
The 90-foot brand new yacht was worth at least $10 million. Wes Fridell of New World Yacht Builders said the vessel went over just as the crew put it in the water to deliver it to its owner.
“The boat tilted to one side, and though not unusual, the amount of tilt was a little abnormal, so we paused to collect ourselves and assure that everything was going be right, and as we continued to lower it down, it pitched and that’s when it went over,” said Fridell.
Amazingly no one was seriously hurt.
No fuel leaked from the yacht. The Coast Guard has divers getting the fuel out of the boat and hope to have it lifted out of water by Monday night.
The builder of the boat will have to cover salvage costs, which were ongoing Monday night. Workers were using a crane to maneuver the vessel.